What Are The Differences Between Xlt And Stx

The Ford F-150 is available in a variety of trims, including the STX and XLT.

Ford produces a variety of trucks and SUVs that cater to almost any driver’s and passenger’s needs. To further customize its offerings, Ford produces vehicles in various trim levels, which combine upgrades and equipment into tiers. Looking at the Ford F-150, Ford’s light-duty, full-sized pickup, the vehicle is offered in a variety of trims, including the XLT and STX.

Ford F-150 Trim Levels

The F-150 comes in 11 trim levels as of 2011, though trim levels have gone up and down in number depending upon the model-year. The 2011 trim levels on the F-150 are the XT, STX, XLT, FX2, Lariat, FX4, SVT Raptor, King Ranch, Platinum, Lariat Limited and Harley-Davidson. The starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) ranges from $22,790 for the XL to $48,380 on the Harley-Davidson (the Harley Davidson trim was introduced in 2000).

STX and XLT Place in the F-150 Trim Range

The STX trim has been offered by Ford since 1998 on the F-150. The XLT is one slot above the STX and is the third lowest trim level offered on the F-150. Both the STX and XLT come equipped with six-speed automatic transmission, roll stability control, air conditioning, power locks and windows, cruise control and remote keyless entry. Keep in mind that, generally speaking, the XLT is a higher trim level than the STX, which means that it comes with slightly upgraded equipment; however, the biggest difference is that by upgrading to the XLT, this opens up a wider variety of potential upgrades to the powertrain, interior and performance systems.

STX vs. XLT Engines and Configuration

Both the STX and XLT trims are available in regular and SuperCab (extended single-cab) configurations and can be equipped with the base V6 or the 5.0L V8. Paint and interior options differ by trim, with the XLT available in a variety of two-tone paint schemes. For example, the STX only comes in gray cloth or vinyl while the XLT is available in three different cloth colors. The XLT is available with additional combinations, including the four-door SuperCrew, with either a style side 5.5-foot or 8-foot box. In addition, the XLT is available with Ford’s Ecoboost 3.7-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine, along with an electronic locking rear differential and off-road package unavailable on the STX.

STX vs. XLT Packages and Interior

The XLT is available with the optional convenience and plus packages. In addition, the XLT is offered with in-dash navigation, a chrome package, a compass and rear backup sensors. In addition, the XLT is available in a several choices of 17- to 20-inch aluminum or chrome wheels while the STX is limited to three 17-inch and one 18-inch wheel option.